Tony Adams says Aaron Ramsey is “too good to let go” but questioned the Welshman’s decision to leave north London for Juventus.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Gunners great said he thought Arsenal were a bigger side than the Serie A champions but conceded things had changed since he left the club in 2002.
Ramsey will join Juventus in the summer on a free transfer from Arsenal, after signing a four-year deal with the Italian champions said to be worth £400,000 a week.
The Wales international has agreed a pre-contract deal to join on July 1 when his Arsenal deal expires.
Adams said: “It’s a different game and a different club to the one I left in 2002. We would be challenging and Juventus players would be signing for us.
“Aaron Ramsey is too good to let go. Why would you go to Juventus anyway? They are a smaller club than Arsenal – that’s the way I’ve always felt about the Arsenal.
“Other people think differently, maybe he thinks Cardiff is bigger.”
Adams spoke to Sky Sports News at a player welfare and development event for the charity he founded, Sporting Chance, which provides specialist addiction and recovery facilities for athletes across a range of sports.